Last night the House voted to pass the bi-patisan HB358, the Protect Life Act, by a vote of 251-172 with 10 Reps not voting. Among the Ayes were 236 Republicans and 15 Democrats. Among the Noes were 170 Democrats and 2 Republicans. See how your Rep voted here.
I sat in the gallery and prayed yesterday during much of the debate. Back and forth and back and forth Rep after Rep repeated the same statements again and again. One side adamantly claiming that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 allows through creative bookkeeping a path for tax dollars to fund abortions regardless of a taxpayer's personal convictions. The other side adamantly claiming that it does not. You can read more on those specifics here.
It seems that the past year and a half still hasn't been enough time for all of the Reps to read the bill and understand it clearly enough to agree on what exactly they passed into law anyway. That's comforting (cynicism intended).
As the debate drew to a close one Democrat rose in opposition to the bill and read his prepared remarks which included criticism for bringing theological convictions into the debate. When the gavel signaled that the gentleman's time had expired, he hastily blurted out, "Christ wouldn't do this!" Then he stomped back to his seat angrily shaking his fists in the air. The irony wasn't lost on me.
It seems 2,000 years still hasn't been enough time for us all to read and come to any consensus on that either (cynicism intended). The debate will continue.